Cancun to open new El Meco Underwater Museum
Cancun is to get a new underwater museum, according to Ivan Ferrat Mancera, the President of the Nautical Associates of Cancun. The region is already home to the Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA), which opened in 2010. El Meco Underwater Museum will have three different areas, including a Mayan city with replicas of local ruins, 90 sculptures of angels, and submarine snake.
Following the success of its first underwater museum, Cancun looks set to get a second one. According to Ivan Ferrat Mancera, the President of the Nautical Associates of Cancun, development is already underway on the new El Meco Underwater Museum.
Located in the Meco area of Cancun in Mexico, the underwater attraction will have three sections. These include an area with a Mayan city with replicas of local ruins that have been approved by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The second will have 90 sculptures of angels, and the third area will have a submarine snake.
Mr Ferrat Mancera said that the environmental study of the project is being led by Pablo Pantoja, an oceanologist. Working together with biologists, the team are developing in the area of Meco through a non-extractive process, in order to protect the surrounding environment.
The museum will be located near the Arrecife Maya (Mayan reef), in an area spanning 200 metres wide by 800 metres long. It will be located at a depth of four meters, which will make it perfect for snorkelers exploring the crystal clear waters.
“This part will be a snorkel and shallow, only 3 or 4 meters deep so the snorkeler will be able to interact with the sculptures and be very close. You will be able to take pictures.”
Explained Mr Ferrat Mancera. As well as being an attraction for holidaymakers and locals, the underwater attraction will become the home of marine species. The sculptures will be designed so that they can generate algae, and fish will use them as a refuge.
Cancun’s first underwater museum, MUSA, has become a popular attraction for scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Created by British sculptor and artist Jason deCaires Taylor, the park is home to more than 500 life-size sculptures that depict Mayan people and culture.
Made from special limestone materials, the sculptures have become a thriving haven for a variety of marine life, and the park plays a vital role in the ecosystem. Visitors can also explore the underwater museum by glass bottom boat, where they can see an incredible attraction and its colourful inhabitants.
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